LEBANON -- Simone Ryan posted her 10th career double-double and second of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds, leading six Cumberland players in double figures in an 81-41 victory over Blue Mountain College in womens basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (4-9, 1-2 TranSouth) ended the first half on a 15-2 run and netted 11 of the first 12 points of the second half to take a 28-point advantage three minutes into the period. CU pushed the lead to 30 with a Madison Pavan jumper just over six minutes into the half and never looked back.
Courtney Atkinson and Casie Cowan both netted 12 points, Pavan and Katie Smith each posted 11 points and Jessica Pace posted 10 points in the victory for Cumberland, which ended a three-game losing streak with the win.
Kyesha Clark led the Toppers (3-11, 0-3) with 10 points and Amber Johnson added nine with a trio of 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs raced out to a 13-5 advantage behind four points each from Pace and Atkinson and pushed the lead to 12 just seven minutes into the contest after another Pace bucket. The Toppers used an 11-4 spurt to cut the deficit to five, led by a pair of 3-pointers from Johnson.
But BMC went scoreless for the next five-plus minutes and CU netted nine consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Pavan. In all Cumberland outscored the visitors, 15-2, the rest of the half with a Tamara Gonzalez layup with eight seconds to play giving the Bulldogs a 39-21 lead at intermission.
Atkinson and Tasia Blue scored quick baskets for the Bulldogs in the first minute of the second half, forcing a timeout by the Toppers, and the race was on.
Cumberland takes on long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Saturday at 2 p.m. and travels to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 6 p.m.
Bulldogs beat Blue Mtn. 61-48
LEBANON -- Lamar Brinkley scored 11 points and Daniel McFadden added 10 off the bench as Cumberland bested Blue Mountain College 61-48 in mens basketball action Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (11-3, 3-0 TranSouth) remained perfect at home this season, improving to 7-0 at the DFRC, but it was perhaps the teams most uninspired effort of the year. Cumberland shot just 36 percent from the field and 11-for-20 at the foul line.
CU did limit the Toppers (7-8, 0-3) to just 35 percent shooting from the field and 3-of-15 from behind the arc as well as forcing 15 turnovers, but the Bulldogs could never put away BMC, which closed within seven points three times in the second half. Tyler Shavers jumper with 3:14 remaining cut the Cumberland lead to 50-43, but Johnny Williams answered with a basket and Adam Barnett added a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs to push the advantage back to 12.
Brinkley also led CU with eight rebounds while Terry Williams posted a career-best six blocks, five in the first half. Cumberland played almost the entire game without leading scorer Michael Sweat, who was a bit under the weather and logged just four minutes in the contest.
Shaver, Jarvis Fisher and DeVante Pulliam led the Toppers with nine points apiece.
The Bulldogs used a 14-3 run late in the first half to break a tie contest. A jumper from Charles Stewart at the 6:55 mark started the spurt that included a 3-pointer by Jerret Towns and five points Brinkley, including an old-fashioned 3-point play with 48 seconds left in the period. CU took a 30-22 advantage at the break.
Cumberland takes on long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Saturday at 4 p.m. and travels to McKenzie to face Bethel University on Monday at 8 p.m.